The new price would be double what PlayStation Plus offers.
Over the weekend, Microsoft came into hot water after announcing that it will be increasing the price of its Xbox Live Gold subscription. Xbox Live Gold is the subscription service that enables online multiplayer play on Xbox consoles.
On Friday, Microsoft said that subscriptions will increase from $1 to $11 per month and a $60 plan valid for six months. This means that you will be paying $120 per year to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft cited the increase will be applied to select markets, where the price of the service has not been changed in the past decade.
But of course, this didn’t sit well with users especially since the cost is now double what PlayStation Plus offers. Many users expressed disappointment with the price increase, and some pointed out that the increase is a way to push subscribers to move towards the Game Pass Ultimate subscription that includes access to more than 100 high-quality games that costs $14 per month.
But immediately after that, Microsoft has released a statement saying that they’re retracting the increase. “We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing,” it said on a blog post.
They also added that it will no longer require a subscription for free-to-play games like Fortnite, where it will deliver the change in the next couple of months. Previously, an Xbox Live Gold subscription was required to play all multiplayer games, even if the game is a free-to-play title.
The prices of the Xbox Live Gold remain at $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months, and $59.99 for retail 12-months.